Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Denver Mayor Race Illustrates Benefits of Approval Voting

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  1. Great post.

  2. Why not prioritize by a 1 - 2 - 3 - 4? And maybe a NOTA?

  3. One important reason not to let voters rank candidates is that it would be hard to process. If the numbers were hand-written, that would inevitably lead to disputes about the intended meaning of the handwriting. Plus, what if a voter did something like assign two #1s? A digital system also would be complicated. I suppose you could do it in waves: "Who is your first choice candidate, if any?" Then, of those remaining, "Who is your second choice candidate, if any?" And so on.

    There's another potentially important problem with rank (or instant-runoff) voting: a candidate who is broadly liked, who is everybody's first or second choice, can get eliminated in the first round. I explain this here:


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